A Report from Uganda

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Rafiki resident students discussing Christian classical education with the chairman of the Ssala local council during a meeting with partners, stakeholders, and government officials. 

We’ve been here at the Rafiki Village Uganda for two months now – and we’ve been busy. We thank God for calling us here and we thank you back at our church home for generously partnering with us in this mission with your prayers and financial support.

Schools and churches remain closed throughout Uganda due to COVID. Less than two percent of the population has been vaccinated due to lack of availability of vaccines. The government has announced that schools cannot reopen until all teachers and students who are old enough have been vaccinated.

In the meantime, our staff of dedicated teachers has been running enrichment activities for our 75 residents – including enlisting David to teach an introductory journalism course and Michelle to direct a play. Last weekend we met with the parents of our day students to find places in the community where our teachers can meet with small numbers of students to help them work through our curriculum at home.

Earlier this month we had a round of meetings with the Anglican Archbishop of Uganda (an 11 million member church), our university partner Westminster Christian Institute Uganda, and the director of the National Curriculum Development Council. Through God’s grace we had breakthroughs in all the areas we have been tasked to work on: adoption of our curriculum by church schools in Uganda, final development and approval of our teacher’s college course as an accredited degree program, and, God willing, approval by the government of our curriculum for use in church schools throughout the country.

We’re busy around the village, too, working on projects to improve and maintain our infrastructure and improve our security.

Thanks again for helping us have the privilege of serving here in Uganda. We miss you all, but encourage you to consider a short term mission trip to join us in serving here. Summer is a great time to do it and beat the Houston heat and humidity!

For more details on what’s happening here check out our blog at DavidGraves.blog. New entry soon.

Michelle and David Graves

Sunrise over Rafiki Village